We got exactly what we deserved at Plainmoor after sloppy goals
THE trip down to Torquay did not obviously go as we had hoped as we were unable to build on last week's good result against Oxford United.
We certainly felt as though we had done enough to win the game last week against Oxford and we were obviously looking to build on that performance to start a good run of results and performances.
However, we were undone down at Torquay with a sloppy defensive show that saw us concede four goals without making our opponents have to work for their rewards.
There is no mistaking or denying that we are conceding too many goals at the moment.
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Last season we had an excellent clean sheet record and that was a major reason why we managed to finish in one of the play-off positions.
This season the evidence shows we have been too easy to score a goal against and if we keep conceding two, three or four goals in a match we are asking too much of our offensive part of our game to come out with the three points.
It is sometimes very easy to watch a match like the Torquay game on Saturday and assume that because we conceded four goals that the goalkeeper or defence must be at fault.
However, just as when we score goals it would be wrong for the forwards to take all the credit, we cannot just apportion blame to the defenders for the goals against column.
It is the team as a whole who are set up to defend or attack and it is the team as a whole who can always improve.
When results are going well we are still always looking to get better, but when we are not getting the results we want it is obviously even more important that we work even harder to make the improvements needed to start picking up results.
On Saturday down at Torquay we were very happy with the preparations that we had all worked on throughout the week.
Torquay themselves, after having a couple of seasons missing out on promotion via the playoffs, have not had the start they would have wanted either.
But we felt as though we were ready to carry on the good work that we had shown against Oxford.
However, conceding a goal after 90 seconds affects the whole game.
But to be fair to the players, they showed a lot of character in getting back into the game by getting the equaliser through Byron Harrison.
And then I felt we had our best spell of the game when we had a couple of opportunities to take the lead.
Keith Lowe hit the woodwork and Byron and Terry Gornell were both close scoring goals.
However, when the fourth official put two minutes up on the board for time to be added on at the end of the first half, and Torquay took the lead through another soft goal after 46 minutes and 50 seconds, this would prove to be a body blow from which we could not recover.
The half-time team talk in both camps changes immediately but who knows what may have happened if we had gone back in to the changing rooms on level terms?
It is an old cliché to say that goals change games but when we conceded in the manner that we did and at the times that we did it is obvious that we were affected by those goals.
We did manage to pull one back through Terry Gornell but I would be lying if I said I felt our performance deserved more than what we got.
Torquay scored their fourth in the last minute when we pushed Steve Elliott up front but despite showing plenty of huff and puff we showed little quality and were never playing as well as we wanted.
On Saturday we entertain AFC Wimbledon who have started the season very well.
Once again we need your support to help the players to get the result that we all want that will hopefully see an improvement to the start to the season.
Keep getting behind the lads and see you at the Abbey Business Stadium on Saturday.